Substance Use Disorder

Raising safe and healthy children can be difficult for any parent, but parents affected by substance use disorders can find it especially challenging to meet the basic physical, psychological, and emotional needs of their children. And often, the devastation of having their child removed can throw parents deeper into addiction. While substance abuse is not a new challenge, the opioid crisis is placing increasing demands on the child welfare system. Federal data from 2017 found that about 39 percent of children in foster care had been removed due to parental substance abuse.

Identifying substance abuse and meeting the complex needs of parents with substance use disorders and those of their children can be challenging. However, many states are implementing innovative and evidence-informed interventions that are yielding positive results, such as recovery coaches and family-focused residential treatment centers. These kinds of interventions can assist parents as they navigate recovery and build their capacities to be nurturing caregivers.

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Learn about Ohio’s Sobriety, Treament and Reducing Trauma intervention to address the opioid epidemic.

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This brief describes an innovative program that allows children to remain at home while their parents undergo substance use treatment.

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Pay for Success expands a recovery program that allows children to remain at home with parents undergoing treatment for substance use.

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Learn how a residential treatment center is helping tribal parents recover from substance use disorder with their children.

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